Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Sep 2012 22:30 UTC
Intel You'd think this sort of stuff belonged to the past - but no. Apparently, Microsoft is afraid of Android on its Windows 8 tablets, because Intel has just announced that it will provide no support for Linux on its clover Trail processors. Supposedly, this chip is "designed for Windows 8". What?
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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Sat 15th Sep 2012 01:04 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
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Yes, lets look at this from a sensible standpoint. Intel has a monopoly on chips in the x86 market. Microsoft has a monopoly on OS's in the x86 market. All anti trust problems I am aware of have specifically targeted the x86 marketplace. Now the main CPU maker is making a CPU that only works with the main OS. How could anyone possibly have any concerns around that fact?

So what.. This is one product out of many and it doesn't render any of the other products incapable or incompatible. If Intel and Microsoft want to partner together to build a system, fine by me as long as other options exist, which they do. If you want people to panic, give them good reason accompanied with actual evidence in support of it.

How many times has peoples initial reaction been to crap their pants and cry foul, only to look foolish when the sky never fell and armageddon never ensued. Too many to count.. And how many times has it all come crashing down? ....never.

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RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer
by Morgan on Sun 16th Sep 2012 22:22 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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You're right in a sense. I remember the big fiasco over the processor serial number in Pentium IIIs, that ended up being fixed with a simple BIOS patch for the ones shipped before Intel backpedaled. I can see something similar happening here, with the specs eventually released or perhaps reverse engineered and rolled into a future kernel update.

Also, if folks are going to call this out as an egregious offense, they better be ready to call out Sony because their proprietary media buttons on my laptop only work under Windows and in fact cause weird bugs under GNU/Linux and Haiku. When is someone going to stand up for my right to have fully working buttons, with FOSS drivers built by Sony programmers to my own personal satisfaction? (For the obtuse, this is sarcasm on my part. I don't care about those buttons.)

But all that said, I do feel that this is some shady stuff being that it's coming from Microsoft and Intel, the two heavy players in the desktop computing world. I think Intel is trying to secure a solid footing in the tablet market with this move, but they are going about it wrong and are going to piss off FOSS fans who have remained loyal to Intel for years. It may not be a particularly large group of people, but they have a loud voice and the power to sway others towards AMD on the desktop and even mobile devices when it comes to x86.

So my take? Intel sucks for this, but in the grand scheme of things it will only serve to tarnish their reputation and nothing more. The world will go on, zombies will remain in the grave and people who give a shit will avoid this particular run of processors, giving their money to Intel's competitors.

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